Directors Guild of America Members Vote to Ratify New Contract

Members of the Directors Guild of America voted to ratify a new contract that increases compensation for projects distributed on the Internet and other digital media, the union said Wednesday.

The guild did not release a vote tally but said the three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers received overwhelming approval.

In a statement, guild President Michael Apted said the vote reflected strong enthusiasm for the deal that is "crucial to our survival in this digital age."

It includes union jurisdiction over some projects created for the Internet and payments for ad-supported online streaming based on distributor grosses.

The studio alliance lauded the agreement as sensible and said it proved "groundbreaking new media labor pacts can be reached without resorting to harmful and unnecessary strikes."

Voting was conducted by mail. The new contract replaces an agreement that expires on June 30.

The deal was reached in January after less than a week of negotiations. Its timing and terms helped restart stalled talks between the alliance and Hollywood writers.

A tentative deal reached in that dispute is now being voted on by writers.